Monday, June 20, 2011


Summer is here, so the Idaho Quilter is spending more outdoors.

  Now that I live in  rainy, dreary, cloudy, Portland Ore, I take every opportunity to be out in the sun when it shines.

I may as well include a shot of my Fairy Garden I built for my granddaughter, maybe you can make out the Fairy setting by the pond on the left side.
I'll be back when it rains.  Knowing Portland that may be tomorrow.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Loving some Kaffe quilts!

I have been in love with Kaffe Fassett's quilt style for some time now.

This quilt stole my heart, I just had to give it a try with my fabrics.
The quilt pictured is 80" X 80"  I am only going to make the first 2 squares  about 48" X 48" so I can use it for a wall hanging.

I am determined to only use fabric from my stash, problem is I love Kaffes'  fabrics

My version
I am happy with it so far,
What do you think?

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

This is what I'll be doing this weekend

Yes I will be watching the Charlotte 600 Nascar race, and quilting.

This is one of those projects that keeps getting put on the back burner, perhaps this weekend I can do some serious damage.
It has been hanging around for 3 or 4 years, quilting on it off and on. I don't know why it has taken me so long, I think I am dreading the wide border that is going to need quilted and I am not sure what to do yet.

The weather is typical Memorial Day weather here in Portland, rain, the family is planning a BBQ  on Monday but will probably be eating indoors.

And on this Memorial Day I want to thank all those that have served our country  and those that are serving.

God Bless!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A time span quilt.

A friend commissioned me to help her get this vintage handmade quilt finished. It needed a back, quilted and the binding done.

The log cabin pieces are very tiny, the center piece measures 1/2" and consist of half square triangles. The overall design of the quilt is amazing.  It certainly deserved to be finished. I real can't decide what era it is from.

I had a local long-arm quilter/quilt designer just do simple meandering.    

The binding went fairly smoothly until:
There were a couple rough spot I had to deal with, I decided to just straighten out the corner.

It turned out okay.  Same corner in the photo below.

The backing seemed to match the quilt perfectly, I love it when that happens. 

 Finished and ready to be delivered as soon as it had a quick "Cat Scan"  

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Waiting to sew.

That is waiting for my back to feel better before I sit at the sewing machine. Because once I sit down I don't want to stop.
So nothing new on the design wall so I'll share a few things I have recently made. Some have been sold on Etsy.
                                         For Sale  here   $25.00

                                                  another recent baby quilt "the story of the 3 little pigs"  also For Sale at etsy
My little sewing group was into making rag quilts, I have  made a few in the past, so I jumped on the band wagon with this one.  I don't care for all that snipping, but I like the finished product, fun and fast.

This was recently SOLD  on etsy, this was the first time I had used minky for a backing, needs no batting.

This pink baby quilt was my first sale on etsy, it also has minky on the back and made without batting.

I used up a lot of pink scraps on this, even has a couple orphan blocks in it.

A panel I had on hand, I outlined all the animals when I quilted this one. .  I also used minky without  batting.  I had the border fabric in my stash I loved that it was a perfect match for this quilt.   Also for sale at etsy

I have just learned I will have a great grand-baby  by Thanksgiving  don't know yet if it is a boy or girl.  
If it is a girl this will definitely be going to her. Plus a dozen others that will be made as soon as I know.  

Another  rag quilt I have listed on etsy I only have $29.00 on it, you think it would sell.  The fabric to make one would cost that much.
This baby quilt recent sold for $35.00  Another minky backing.
That is my quilt show for the day!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Always Searching

Yes always searching for a new way to use scraps, I have come to the conclusion they are never going to go away. Making scrap quilts creates more crap scraps!

To tell you the truth I am sick of my scraps!   Anyone want to dump scraps me?

This is just a small portion that I will be currently working with.

While looking for something new to do, I ran across the Liberated Wedding Ring
at the Bloomin Workshop.
I'm going to give it a whirl.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Now what?

I finished this quilt top, the pattern is from American Jane and was so fast and easy. Especially if you use a jelly roll, which I didn't have so I cut 2 1/2 " strips from my scraps basket.
Now it is going to age awhile I can't decide if I want to border or leave as is. The binding may be a challenge, but I love a challenge.

 There are no set in blocks to sew it goes together in rows.  I worried that I may have trouble matching the rows up and or that the seams were slightly on the bias.  But it came together nicely.
I also had the pleasure of baby sitting this little sweet heart over night. You would have thought I had a two year old kid here, the house was in shambles, but the pleasure of her company was worth it.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Moving toward the finish line

Hopefully with no interuptions the quilt on the design wall will get put together today.
I decided I need one more row for the width it should go fast, as soon as I get started that is.
It only takes 3 wof a strip and a half of each to make 2 blocks it goes very fast.

I ordered a set of rulers from (can't seem to make the link work)to cut the triangles with. Hard to believe with all the rulers I have none of them worked as accuretly as this one.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Merry Go Round and scrap basket of projects

Merry Go Round
is on my design wall now, a current project, scrappy of course.

A recent Majestic Mountain scrap quilt that went to "Quilts for Japan"

Working on hundreds of border pieces for Bonnie Hunters mystery quilt "Cotton Boll"

"Cotton Boll" finished top is at the quilters. I rarely send any out to be quilted but this was just too big for me to tackle.

And a few "Just One Star" ready to mail to Dallas for the soldiers quilt project.

Happy Quilting!